Bus Services Bill: this Bill has been introduced into the House of Lords and received its 1st Reading. It will give elected mayors and local transport authorities power to improve bus services, while mayoral combined authorities will be given London-style powers to franchise local services. There will be stronger arrangements to allow local government to work in partnership with bus operators, and all operators will be required to make data about routes, fares and times open and accessible to allow app makers to develop products for passengers to plan journeys. (19 May 2016)